Yash Chopra’s meeting with Punjab CM, Capt. Amarinder Singh has been instrumental and gives significant boost to the anti-piracy movement. On 7 August, the Anti-Piracy movement in India took a step forward with the Punjab government deciding to pass a bill to prevent piracy in September. In a meeting held, Mr. Chopra apprised the CM of the grim scenario that the industry was facing because of the threat of piracy. Captain Singh took note of the points and declared his government’s resolve to take firm steps to combat the menace.
Speaking about the issue, Mr. Yash Chopra says, “At Yash Raj films, we regard piracy as a cancer that is afflicting the whole industry. If not checked right away, it will cause the eventual destruction of this great industry that provides livelihood to thousands of people. And for a creative person there can be no greater tragedy than seeing his labour of love debased in poor quality reproductions where hardly 10% of the creative thought comes across in the manner it was intended.”
“The Indian film industry loses a whopping Rs17 billion annually due to piracy”, he further informs.
Yash Chopra has been at the forefront of the anti-piracy movement in the industry for a while now. The Tamil Nadu government passed a similar bill in 2004, and since then Yash Chopra has been in talks with the Punjab Chief Minister, and finally his efforts have borne fruit. With the Punjab government taking a similar step, the anti-piracy movement has taken a significant step forward.